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Man extorted ₹2 lakh by cyber thugs who put him under ‘digital arrest’

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Cyber thugs put man under 'digital arrest', extort ₹2 lakh

A man in Surya Vihar, sector 9, fell victim to a cyber scam where cyber thugs falsely accused him of being involved in money laundering and extorted ₹2 lakh from him. The victim, Rajeev Kumar, was targeted in a typical scam where fraudsters pose as police officers to extort money.

According to Kumar’s complaint to the cyber west police station, he received an IVR call on May 25 claiming his phone numbers linked with his Aadhar card would be blocked. Subsequently, he received a call on WhatsApp from someone posing as an officer from the Mumbai Police, accusing him of being involved in a money laundering case.

During a three-hour video call interrogation, the scammer threatened to send police to Kumar’s house if he did not comply. Scared and nervous, Kumar sent ₹2 lakh to an account specified by the scammer for verification.

An FIR was registered under sections 419 and 420 of the IPC at the cyber crime west police station in response to the complaint. Police are now working to identify the accused individuals behind this cyber scam.

This incident serves as a reminder for individuals to be cautious of such cyber scams where fraudsters impersonate authorities to extort money from innocent victims.

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